Action Cars and Accessories
Chug-Chug Sound in Box Car
Cattle Car and Depot Set
Crane Car and Boom Tender
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Crossing Flasher
Crossing Gates
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Electronic Sound of Steam Box Car
Floodlight Car
Freight Unloading Depot
Giant Operating Crane
Gold Mine
Gravel Conveyor
Grain Elevator
Hopper Car Unloading Set
Horse Car & Depot Set
Log Dump Car Set
Log Loader with Log Car
Ore Dump Car Set
Ore Dump Set with Nite Glow
Operating Log Dump Set
Piggyback Flat Car Set
Piggyback Loader/Unloader
Operating Piggyback Loader/Unloader
Pipe Dump Car
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Signal Man
Steam Whistle in Billboard
Tractor Loader
Unloading Box Car Set
Unloading Mail Car Set
Brown Box Era HO-Scale Trains
Operating Grain Elevator

TYCO Operating Grain Elevator

Operating Grain Elevator 
(1981 and 1982)

TYCO's Operating Grain Elevator (No.870) shares its base design with two other items in the Action Car and Accessories product line.  The Operating Grain Elevator is the same item redressed that first appeared in 1979 as The Operating Gravel Conveyor (No.922) and Operating Gold Mine (No.936).  TYCO's Operating Grain Elevator is a new item for the 1979 catalog and makes one additional appearance in the '81 catalog.  Beyond different coloring, the small plastic crates supplied with The Operating Grain Elevator are the items only features separating it from the other two mentioned offerings.  A hand crank located in the small shed sitting next to the bin controls the action.  As you crank the handle, the conveyor's black vinyl belt rotates emptying the overhead bin onto the belt up and out into a waiting freight car.  Though some items such as this did include a freight car, The Operating Grain Elevator does not come with one.

TYCO utilized the same base model for at least three different entries in the Action Cars and Accessories line.  The plastic model of the overhead bin with conveyor belt operated by a hand crank in shed is the same for TYCO's Operating Gravel Conveyor (No.922); Operating Gold Mine (No.936); and (No.870) Operating Grain Elevator.  The 1979 TYCO catalog is the first to introduce this model with both the Operating Gravel Conveyor and Operating Gold Mine as new items for that year.  The third entry using this base design, TYCO's Operating Grain Elevator, arrives with the 1981 product catalog.    The 1982 TYCO catalog features the Operating Grain Elevator and is the last catalog to feature an Accessory with this base model.  The Operating Gold Mine is the most deluxe of the three selections, as this item also included an Operating Dump Car and two-piece Trackside Bin.  The Gravel Conveyor and Grain Elevator items do not include a freight car, nor do they have the separate Trackside Bin.